Taverners The local amateur dramatic group

There has long been interest in the village for amateur theatricals and entertainments; Ken Doughty gives an interesting account of some of them in one of his “Know Your Parish” articles published in the Magpie.

Following this tradition, in 2009 Ron Skeates gathered together a collection of very amateur would-be thespians who might be interested in setting up another theatrical group. Fortunately we also had some interest from others who had had more experience; Suzy Owlett, Yvonne Knapman and Bob Burr had all trodden the boards professionally, and Astrid Kemble, Richard Bain and John Ashton had taken part in other local productions. With the help and experience of a “real” actress, director and producer Fay Gordon, who had recently moved to the village, The Taverners was formed.

The first production was a pantomime “Snow White in the spring of 2010; this was followed by several revues and murder mystery plays, and in 2011 another pantomime-type play “Seasonal Scoop”. We will be putting on a short Christmas revue in the Fisherman’s Rest on 7th December when the village Christmas tree lights are turned on, and in February next year “Aladdin” will be put on in the village hall.

We have always been fortunate in having the skills of many local people in our productions. Fay has brought so much expertise to our performances including original ideas, clever set design, beautiful costumes and wigs, and above all of that she has the ability to teach and encourage the performers and backstage crew into creditable and very enjoyable performances. We have also had the professional skills of John Ashton painting many of our sets, and Chris Reynolds, Rod Laidler and Steve Coggins in making them. John Coates and Fay have written scripts, and Penny Schroeter has been our musical director throughout. There have been many memorable actors and performances since we first started; Ron Skeates is much missed as our King and/or Father Christmas, and Bob Burr threatens to be forever typecast as a Dame. Each year a new group of  children from the Primary School has been involved in our productions, and this year we will enjoy watching  Alex and Isaac who now have bigger roles to play in our forthcoming pantomime.  We have had great support from some of our non-acting members who provide all sorts of help backstage – props, dressers, prompting, lighting and sound, and most importantly, interval refreshments!

The Taverners has a small committee responsible for the formal things, but all our members are invited to our meetings to discuss and decide on future performances – all ideas are most welcome! We also hold social events for members and the occasional fundraising event as well.

  • Jenny Reynolds – chair
  • Bob Burr – treasurer
  • Amy Clayton – secretary
  • Neill Schroeter – membership secretary
  • Astrid Kemble – publicity
  • Ros Brousson – fundraising and social events

 



  • Snow White performance in the village hall

    Snow White performance in the village hall

  • Seasonal Scoop cast members

    Seasonal Scoop cast members

  • The Villain with friends

    The Villain with friends

  • Christmas Revue in rehearsal

    Christmas Revue in rehearsal

  • Christmas Revue - rehearsal

    Christmas Revue - rehearsal

  • Snow White - Courtier blowing his own trumpet!

    Snow White - Courtier blowing his own trumpet!

Contact Details

For more information please contact:

Neill Schroeter – Membership secretary
Tel: 01548 550983
Email: neillschroeter@gmail.com

Amy Clayton - Secretary
Tel: 01548 550682
Email: amyjclayton@gmail.com

Join Us

The Taverners is a small but friendly group, and since we began in 2009 several new members have joined us. Membership is free, and no one needs to fear stage fright - we are always delighted to welcome anyone to join us whether they wish to be on stage or not.